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Description - Shaping History by Wayne Te Brake

As long as there have been governments, ordinary people have been acting in a variety of often informal or extralegal ways to influence the rulers who claimed authority over them. This text shows how ordinary people broke down the institutional and cultural barriers that separated elite from popular politics in 16th- and 17th-century Europe and entered fully into the historical process of European state formation. Wayne Te Brake's synthesis builds on the many studies of popular interaction of rulers and subjects more generally within the multiple political spaces. of composite states. In these states, says Te Brake, a broad range of political subjects, often religiously divided among themselves, necessarily aligned themselves with alternative claimants to cultural and political sovereignty in challenging the cultural and fiscal demands of some rulers. This often violent interaction between subjects and rulers had particularly potent consequences during the course of the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, and the Crisis of the 17th Century. But, as Te Brake makes clear, it was an ongoing political process, not a series of separate cataclysmic events.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520213180
ISBN-10: 0520213181
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 237
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 8-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Wayne Te Brake

Wayne te Brake, Professor of History at Purchase College, State University of New York, is author of Regents and Rebels: The Revolutionary World of an Eighteenth-Century Dutch City (1989), and coeditor of Challenging Authority: The Historical Study of Contentious Politics (1998).